Best Practices for Healthy Teeth

Having regular dental check-ups is a significant part of overall health. Going to the dentist can feel stressful, however. We want everyone to know that your dental health is important. We can help you gain the good health that you deserve. Here are some tips that you can do every day at home. These build confidence, and that lowers anxiety. We want everyone to feel empowered to take care of themselves so that they can enjoy great health.

Do These

Brush regularly. The most important time for this is after the evening meal or before bedtime. This removes sugars and other food that can cause plaque to build up. Plaque leads to cavities. Brushing after each meal of the day provides even better protection.

Floss regularly. Practice will improve your flossing. This reduces particles that get caught between teeth. Toothbrushes can’t reach these areas.

Rinse with mouthwash. Make this a daily practice. Find a brand you like. Using mouthwash is not as necessary as brushing and flossing. Many people find it helpful.

Use fluoride. Fluoride isn’t just for children. It protects adult teeth, too.

Drink water instead of acidic or sugary drinks. This reduces chemicals that eat away at teeth. Water also rinses the mouth and reduces germs.

Eat crunchy natural foods like fruits and vegetables. These foods scrub teeth clean. They don’t stick to teeth the way gummy foods do, so they cause fewer issues.

Schedule dental check-ups twice a year. This helps nervous patients get used to the standard dental procedures. They also receive support and learn about good dental health. Regular check-ups prevent many problems. They can catch others while they are small.

Brush properly. Many people brush too hard. They may miss areas of their mouth. We’d be happy to teach you proper brushing techniques.

Avoid These

Avoid sticky and sugary foods. They cause plaque buildup that causes cavities. Brush thoroughly after eating them.

Don’t go to bed without brushing and flossing your teeth. This removes food particles and helps teeth stay clean.

Don’t give up on flossing. Flossing doesn’t have to be perfect to protect teeth.

Don’t brush too hard or use stiff brushes. Soft brushes can clean the teeth without irritating gums or enamel.

Give up smoking. It affects teeth, gums, and tongue.

Don’t give children juice or soda every day. Offer water, instead. Use a stuffed animal or music instead of a sippy cup or bottle to soothe children at night.

South Meadows Dental & Orthodontics

Here at South Meadows Dental & Orthodontics, we provide dental services for the entire family. This includes general care and cleaning. We also offer orthodontics and cosmetic services when those needs come up. Ask us what you can do to have greater control over your dental health. Schedule an appointment today so that you can have the peace of mind that good health brings.

A Visit from the tooth fairy

Thank you to our friends at St. Albert The Great for having Dr. Meagan Struby and her sidekick, the Tooth Fairy, at school today. Such a pleasure helping our little buddies learn good habits to care for their precious smiles.